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I am often asked whether it is worth paying for an Internet Security suite when products like Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG are free. The answer is that it depends on your attitude to risk. If you think yourself unlikely to get caught out then you can take a chance with a free option. If you guess wrong though, I am happy to clean viruses off your PC but the minimum cost would be about the same as 5 years protection from a decent product. Remember that viruses are more virulent and the authors much more cunning than just a year ago - even people who do nothing 'risky' do get infected and suffer identity theft that leads to significant problems.
So what is in most of the paid for ones that is often not in the freebys ?
I advise clients to check with me each year before updating existing software as the latest versions of alternate products may be better. Also, I am normally able to offer a better price than online renewals.
[Edit: 12-May-12] I now offer to make a diary entry to contact clients just before a current product expires.
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